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Eye Care Centers for the Poor in Uttar Pradesh

Optometrist tests the eye of an elderly male patient
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A CBM trained optometrist at an eye care center in Uttar Pradesh
With an aim to make primary eye care available in the most rural areas in India, CBM, Loccitane, and Dr. Shroff Charity Eye Hospital have come together to establish 4 vision centers in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.
 
Through the vision centers, CBM and its partners identify and treat persons with avoidable blindness and aim to reach over 140,000 children and adults over a time period of five years. The vision centers provide the public with easy and affordable access to eye screening, spectacles and cataract surgeries. Furthermore, the staff of the vision center mobilize people within a 10 km radius through community level meetings and activities, create awareness on eye health issues and medications, and encourage people to seek medical help.
 
In addition to creating awareness and providing medical support, the project also taps local resources by providing a two-year long Ophthalmic Paramedics Programme to young women from the communities. Trainees are identified based on their location, basic education, age group and economic background. Aged between 17 to 21, they come from poor economic background with higher secondary education. The course improves their knowledge and leadership qualities. After successful completion of the course, these young women are placed at CBM’s vision centers and the secondary hospital, providing them with a significantly enhanced social status and livelihood.

“I didn’t know that a little eye can have these many problems until I attended the course. I learned about the anatomy of the eye and the possible issues each part can have. Now I can do syringing, retina scope and slit lamp examination, measure the pressure of the eye, refer patients to doctors, and prescribe them with glasses. I can also identify persons with cataract by using just lenses and a torch,” says Minu, one of the girls from the training. 

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